“Like an old tree
From which we gather no blossoms
Sad has been my life
Fated to bear no fruit”
- Minamoto Yorimasa
A Warrior’s Dreams Part I by Anthony Petrie. This illustration is a romanticized vision of the samurai, [Anthony’s] interpretation of specific Jisei (Japanese Death poems) written by actual samurai before they committed the act of seppuku.
Mikaduki Falls 1 三日月の滝
The practice of self-mummification, once performed by Buddhist monks in Japan. The monk would start by eating only nuts and seeds to strip them of their body fat, then move to drinking tea made from the urushi tree. The poisonous tea would cause vomiting to further their weight loss, as well as help dissuade insects from disturbing their body after death.
White Heron on branch
Gingham picnic cloth and apples, this is a super chic, super casual kimono (actually a Yukata, dressed up more formally) for a fun, sunny afternoon out. The neutral colour scheme of Black-White-Red is accented with the green zori and Obijime and the geometric shapes with repeating organic motif an excellent contrast. While the colour choice might seem a little dark for a hot summer day, the idea of cool and refreshing fruit cools this outfit down. For westerners where apples are more of an Autumn feel, you could easily adapt this outfit to autumn without seeming too harvest-season!
The touch of lace on the collar and plain white tabi further the repetition of colour use and draw the eye horizontally without making it heavy. There’s a careful balance of not using one colour too much to dominate.
The straw boater hat has been trendy in Japan for a while now but perfectly matches the casual summery feeling of this outfit and the hair is simple and out of the way.